• All Time Premier League Cult Heroes Squad

    by  • March 18, 2016 • Premiership • 0 Comments

    Cult Heroes. Every club has them – they are the player that tries his absolute hardest but definitely won’t be in the running for the Ballon D’or. Their on field antics can be just as crazy as their off field persona but the fans love them regardless. So why not sit back, relax, and join us as. to see who would make the All Time Premier League Cult Heroes Squad…

    Goalkeepers

    Steve Harper

    Club(s): Newcastle / Hull

    Years at club: 1993 – Present

    Appearances: 230

    Bio: Has there ever been a more loyal back-up keeper than Steve Harper at Newcastle? The fans loved him despite the fact that he hardly ever played.

    Carlo Cudicini

    Club(s): Chelsea / Tottenham

    Years at club: 2000 – 2012

    Appearances: 160

    Bio: Once described as “the world’s most unambitious footballer” by the Daily Telegraph, Cudicini was certainly loved during his 12 years in the Premier League.

    Marcus Hahnemann

    Club(s): Reading

    Years at club: 2001 – 2009

    Appearances: 282

    Bio: His off-field antics led to the cult hero status bestowed upon him by the Reading fans – Hahnemann apparently has a penchant for listening to death metal, feeding hens and fly aeroplanes!

    Defenders

    Emmanuel Eboue

    Club(s): Arsenal

    Years at club: 2005 – 2011

    Appearances: 132

    Goals: 5

    Bio: Was famously subbed off after coming on as a substitute against Wigan in 2008 – the Ivorian tried his hardest but suffered from a roller-coaster relationship with the Arsenal fans.

    Jonas Gutierrez

    Club(s): Newcastle

    Years at club: 2008 – 2015

    Appearances: 205

    Goals: 12

    Bio: Used to celebrate his goals by donning a spider man mask – what more needs to be said.

    Tony Hibbert

    Club(s): Everton

    Years at club: 2000 – Present

    Appearances: 328

    Goals: 0

    Bio: A true one club legend – Hibbert has made over 300 appearances for Everton without ever scoring a goal, we hope he gets one before he retires just to see his celebration!

    Paulo Ferreira

    Club(s): Chelsea

    Years at club: 2004 – 2013

    Appearances: 214

    Goals: 2

    Bio: A solid defender without ever being world class – he suffered a few crisis of confidence while at Chelsea and lost his spot to midfielders like Michael Essien and Geremi.

    Olof Melberg

    Club(s): Aston Villa

    Years at club: 2000 – 2007

    Appearances: 260

    Goals: 8

    Bio: When you think of Olof Melberg you think of that glorious beard. In his final game for Villa he bought every fan in the stadium a shirt with his name and number on the back – what a guy!

    Sami Hyypia

    Club(s): Liverpool

    Years at club: 1999 – 2009

    Appearances: 464

    Goals: 35

    Bio: One of the best defenders Liverpool ever bought – the big Finn scored important goals and was ever presence during some of the greatest times at the club.

    Arjan De-Zeeuw

    Club(s): Barnsley / Wigan / Portsmouth

    Years at club: 1995 – 2007

    Appearances: 483

    Goals: 18

    Bio: De-Zeeuw was loved by fans of every club he played for and best of all upon his retirement he has become a forensic detect in Holland – pretty cool right?

    Midfielders

    Dennis Wise

    Club(s): Chelsea

    Years at club: 1990 – 2001

    Appearances: 438

    Goals: 74

    Bio: With a bit of a ‘bad boy’ reputation, Wise was known as a player who took no nonsense and delivered plenty of bite in his tackles.

    Ji-Sung Park

    Club(s): Manchester United

    Years at club: 2005 – 2012

    Appearances: 205

    Goals: 27

    Bio: Nicknamed ‘Three Lungs Park’ for his work rate – a versatile midfielder who was never really able to hold down a prolonged first team place.

    Jimmy Bullard

    Club(s): Wigan / Fulham / Hull

    Years at club: 2003 – 2011

    Appearances: 207

    Goals: 23

    Bio: An unmistakable joker in the dressing room, Bullard endeared himself to the fans of whatever club he was at – will be remembered well for his impression of Phil Brown when celebrating a last minute equaliser against Man City.

    Jay Jay Okocha

    Club(s): Bolton

    Years at club: 2002 – 2006

    Appearances: 124

    Goals: 14

    Bio: So good they named him twice – Okocha was one of the best African players of his generation and is fondly remembered by Bolton fans for his goals and party tricks.

    Tugay Kerimoglu

    Club(s): Blackburn

    Years at club: 2001 – 2009

    Appearances: 251

    Goals: 12

    Bio: Classy, majestic and the fourth oldest goalscorer in Premier League history, Tugay played into his late 30s and who knows, he could have played into his 40s if he wasn’t a heavy smoker.

    Abou Diaby

    Club(s): Arsenal

    Years at club: 2006 – 2015

    Appearances: 180

    Goals: 19

    Bio: Spent more time in the Arsenal treatment room than on the pitch – Diaby could have been a great player if he wasn’t made of glass.

    Igor Biscan

    Club(s): Liverpool

    Years at club: 2000 – 2005

    Appearances: 117

    Goals: 3

    Bio: His career at Liverpool never really got going and he was often played out of position – does hold a Champions League winners medal though.

    Steffan Freund

    Club(s): Tottenham

    Years at club: 1998 – 2003

    Appearances: 102

    Goals: 0

    Bio: A hard working midfielder, but in 5 years at Spurs he didn’t score a single goal. Freund is now back at White Heart Lane as part of the coaching staff.

    Strikers

    Ricardo Fuller

    Club(s): Stoke

    Years at club: 2006 – 2012

    Appearances: 182

    Goals: 43

    Bio: Has spent time at 12 different clubs although it is his six years at Stoke that he will be remembered most – not the most prolific striker but the fans certainly warmed to him.

    Paolo Wanchope

    Club(s): West Ham / Man City

    Years at club: 1999 – 2004

    Appearances: 99

    Goals: 39

    Bio: Injuries restricted his playing time during his career, but Wanchope was a firm fan favourite in the Premier League largely down to his reportedly extravagant lifestyle.

    Peter Crouch

    Club(s): Everywhere

    Years at club: 1999 – Present

    Appearances: 627

    Goals: 186

    Bio: At 6ft 7in Crouch is surely the ultimate target man, but there is so much more to his game than that. And he does a half decent robot dance.

    Emile Heskey

    Club(s): Leicester City / Liverpool

    Years at club: 1994 – 2004

    Appearances: 440

    Goals: 106

    Bio: Spent time at several Premier League clubs but it has been his hard work and goals and Leicester and Liverpool that meant Heskey has gone down as one of the biggest cult heroes of the modern era.

    Adi Akinbiyi

    Club(s): Leicester / Sheffield United

    Years at club: 2000 – 2002 / 2005 – 2007

    Appearances: 87

    Goals: 17

    Bio: Built like a tank, Akinbiyi was a bit of a journeyman striker, never spending more than three seasons at a club since he left Norwich.

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